Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has announced that he is offering a $1 million reward for any information that could lead to an arrest and conviction on voter fraud regarding last week’s presidential election.
This move is meant to “incentivize, encourage, and reward” anyone who has any information about voter fraud to alert the authorities, according to the Texas Tribune reported. Patrick said that anyone with evidence leading to a conviction on voter fraud will be given at least $25,000.
“I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is disqualified,” Patrick said in a statement. “President Trump’s pursuit of voter fraud is not only essential to determine the outcome of this election, it is essential to maintain our democracy and restore faith in future elections.”
President Donald Trump has yet to concede the election, pledging to take claims of voter fraud all the way to the Supreme Court if it comes to that. While many Republicans have stood by Trump, Patrick is the first one to offer a monetary reward for information that could help the presidents case.
Patrick went on to accuse Democrats of “creating suspicion” regarding the legitimacy of the election.
“The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for creating suspicion of final vote totals. Not allowing Republican poll watchers to observe the vote count in multiple states, in some cases blocking their view with poster board, last minute changes in election laws in battleground states, ignoring the deadline to vote and accepting ballots for days after the election, ignoring postmarks and signature checks, not verifying that mail-in ballots were being sent to people who were alive or living in the state and voting machines that have been a concern for over a decade all raise serious questions.”
“This lack of transparency has led many to believe that the final count is not accurate in states where the winner was determined be a very small percentage of the vote,” he added.
After citing various examples of recent arrests over election crimes, Patrick slammed states for delays mail-in ballots, saying “the delays in counting mail-in ballots in other states raises more questions about voter fraud and potential mistakes.”
“When all legal votes are tallied and all illegal votes are discarded, then America can have a greater level of confidence in the election process,” Patrick concluded.
“President Trump is absolutely right to pursue every allegation of voter fraud and irregularities, just as Al Gore did in 2000,” he added. “Every candidate for public office has this right. My goal is to ensure that, regardless of the outcome, every American has faith in our electoral process and our democracy.”
This piece was written by James Samson on November 11, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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